From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 12, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, Atlanta Thrashers 2 (Game #68, Road #33)
• The Blueshirts registered their 30th win of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at Philips Arena. It is the Rangers fifth consecutive season with at least 30 wins, their longest such streak since they registered nine-straight 30-plus win seasons from 1985-86 to 1993-94.
• New York improves to 30-29-9 (69 pts.) overall, including a 16-14-3 (35 pts.) mark in 33 road games this season. The Rangers have now registered a point in seven of their last 10 contests, posting a record of 5-3-2 (12 pts.) over the span.
• The Rangers power play notched two goals in six opportunities, and have now registered five goals in 16 attempts over the last five games (31.3%).
• The Blueshirts tallied three goals in a 5:37 span of the first period, bookended by a pair of goals by Vinny Prospal at 7:49 and 13:26 of the opening frame. Prospal also assisted on Gaborik’s goal at 8:30 of the first to finish the contest with three points (two goals and one assist), including two power play points (one goal and one assist), and has now registered 15 points (eight goals and seven assists) in the last 13 games.
• Marian Gaborik registered one goal and two assists for his team-leading 22nd multi-point performance of the season. His power play goal at 8:30 of the first came just 41 seconds after Prospal opened the game’s scoring with an even strength tally at 7:49. Gaborik has now tallied nine points (six goals and three assists) in his last seven road games, including four points (one goal and three assists) in the last two contests away from MSG.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury notched the primary assist on each of the Blueshirts’ two power play goals, and won 10 faceoffs in 14 attempts (71%). Drury has now won 50 faceoffs in 76 attempts over the last five games (65.8%).
• Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots to improve his record to 27-23-8 on the season, including a 14-9-2 mark on the road. Lundqvist is now 5-2-2 with a 2.54 GAA and a .925 Sv% (272-294) in his last nine games.
• Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto notched one goal, and has now registered three points (one goal and two assists) in five games since returning from injury on Mar. 4 vs. Pittsburgh.
• Ryan Callahan tallied a power play assist on Prospal’s game-winning goal at 13:26 of the first period, added an empty net goal with 66 seconds remaining in regulation and led all forwards with 21:14 of icetime. The Rangers improved to 16-5-2 when he registers a point.
• Dan Girardi recorded an assist on the game’s opening goal at 7:49 of the first period, and finished with a game-high plus-two rating and a team-high 23:31 of icetime. Girardi has registered an assist in each of the last two games (two assists).
• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 13, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
• The Rangers return to action on Sunday, Mar. 14, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), to begin a three-game homestand. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.